It's a busy Bank Holiday Monday and we've run the rule over all the cards, so you don't have to, to come up with four horses worth backing.
There are five British meetings to bet on this Bank Holiday Monday, plus Cologne is staging the German equivalent of the 2000 Guineas (due off 3.45pm).
Marco Botti runs Lingfield all-weather winner Fanciful Angel, while Ger Lyons is flying the flag for Ireland with Capello Sansavero. Both could be involved at the finish, but big local hope KARPINO looks the one to be on. The Andreas Wohler-trained colt is the only unbeaten runner in the field, going off odds-on on both occasions, and the form of his Group 3 success last time was boosted when the runner-up went on to chase home potentially smart colt Quasillo, the current favourite for the German Derby. With further improvement likely after just a couple of starts, he could outclass his rivals under the highly talented Oisin Murphy.
There’s an early 12.45pm start at Windsor and Richard Hannon is double-handed in the opening 6f maiden auction, with bookmakers favouring his newcomer Premier Currency at around the 3/1 mark. He should know his job, but he’s not bred to be anything special and his stablemate GROUND CONTROL has the edge in both fitness and experience, having finished fifth at Salisbury on his debut. He would have finished closer had he not given his rivals a start by walking out of the stalls and he’s sure to have been well schooled since. At 6/1 he’s value to win a race his stable landed 12 months ago.
Hannon could well double up with FRANCISCO in the extended 5f handicap (2.20pm). It was only a 7f maiden he won on his reappearance at Lingfield late last month, but he showed a determined attitude to make all by a diminishing, narrow margin, and his natural speed suggests the drop back in trip won’t be a problem. A half-brother to the speedy and talented Edge Closer, he could well develop into a decent three-year-old sprint handicapper and is making his handicap debut off what looks a very workable mark of 81.
Richard Hughes rides and he had this to say about the horse in his Saturday column: “He’s dropping back from seven furlongs, but we think he’s quick and probably on a good mark as well. I think he’ll win.” That’ll do for me!
The biggest crowd of the day will be at picturesque Cartmel for their traditional Bank Holiday card, and the best bet runs in the 3m6f veterans’ chase (4.40pm) in the shape of TULLAMORE DEW. The 13-year-old has not been seen since pulling up at Lingfield in December, when under the card of Nick Gifford, and his having his first start for Micky Hammond here. Rated as high as 144 in his prime, he has tumbled down the weights to a perch of just 118 and he showed the old spark was still there when finishing second in a decent race at Ascot last November. If the change of scenery has done him any good, he could make mincemeat of these and I’m surprised he’s as big as 10/1, especially given the stable form – four winners from the last seven runners and six winners in total in the last fortnight.